Obama budget attempts to dismantle watchdog protections

A recently created rule intended to block the Justice Department from thwarting the efforts of its own internal watchdog would be killed off under President Obama's budget proposal.

A provision imposed in the so-called "CRomnibus" Congress passed in December forbade Justice from using taxpayer funds to block the work of its inspector general.

The same provision does not appear in the budget plan the White House made public Monday. The administration says it's not necessary.

In its explanation for removing that language, the White House said it was “unaware of any specific materials" that the Justice inspector general "believed to be necessary to its reviews, but to which the Office of Inspector General has not been granted access" — a statement that left Rep. Mick Mulvaney incredulous.

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